President Akufo-Addo has clarified that his administration’s vision to build a ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ does not mean grants and support from western countries will not be accepted.
Nana Akufo-Addo said the mantra is not hostile to the western world, but that it’s an indication of Ghana’s determination to address its own challenges with resources mobilized locally.
The President, who was speaking at a meeting with the new US Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie Sullivian said
“You know the mantra, today’s mantra of Ghana’s policy that we want to build a Ghana beyond aid. That Statement is not a statement of hostility to those who have been generous enough to help us, but it is our determination to stand more and more and more on our own feet.”
President Akufo-Addo received the credentials of the new U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, who has officially started her work in Accra on Wednesday.
Stephanie Sullivan replaces Robert Porter Jackson, who departed as ambassador after serving since February 2016.
Robert Jackson, will begin his retirement after leaving Ghana at the end of 35 years of service to the United States.
Speaking at the brief ceremony at the Jubilee House, Stephanie S. Sullivan thanked the President for the warm welcome to Ghana.
She said the US-Ghana partnership focused on advancing economic growth and trade, strengthening regional security, and improving governance.
The Ambassador expressed her commitment on behalf of the U.S. government to support Ghana’s journey away from dependence on traditional development assistance, in line with President Akufo-Addo’s vision of building a “Ghana Beyond Aid.”
Ms. Sulivan underscored the long-standing ties between the two countries, highlighting a relationship that goes beyond policy, and spans across families and friendships forged through cooperation and exchanges dating back to Ghana’s independence in 1957, and before.
She is a career member of the US’ Senior Foreign Service, having served for 32 years.